10 Popular Options For Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treatment

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is expected by no male adults for a simple reason that suffering from ED symptoms would includes the lack of have an erection or to sustain a harder erection for a specified duration to conclude satisfactory sexual activity. It may result in irritable sexual health and the whole life afterward.

Fortunately, men are realizing more and more that they’re not alone and that they have options for Erectile Dysfunction treatments.

1. Take pills

Sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra) and tadalafil (Cialis): These medications for impotence caused by psychological, physical or both factors were used successfully in 69% of the cases. To date the three impotence treatment drugs are considered to be the easiest, safest and the most effective treatment options. These impotence pills:

  • Work only if a man encounters some sexual arousal
  • Should not be used more than once a day
  • Should be avoided by men taking nitrates, such as nitroglycerin for heart disease
  • May cause side effects that are reported to be minor and temporary; they include upset stomach, nasal congestion, headache, and muscle aches
  • Are for oral use only

2. Penile Injections

“Penile injection is the most effective type of ED treatment for men who can’t take oral treatment,” says Nelson Bennett, MD, a urologist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.  The drug that can be injected directly into the penis to trigger an automatic erection. Possible side effects include a burning sensation and priapism, an erection that lasts more than four hours and requires medical treatment.


“For men who are unwilling or unable to self-inject alprostadil, the FDA has approved this dissolvable pellet that can be inserted directly into the urethra, the opening of the penis,” says Dr. Feloney. MUSE, with an inspiring name that actually stands for medicated urethral system for erection, will trigger an erection in about 10 minutes that may last as long as an hour. Using MUSE to treat ED can result in somewhat unpleasant side effects, however — including an aching sensation, burning, redness, and minor bleeding.

4. Vacuum Pump

Vacuum constriction devices are safe and can be used by patients with ED.  A vacuum constriction device (VCD) is an external pump with a band on it that a man with erectile dysfunction can use to get and maintain an erection. The VCD consists of an acrylic cylinder with a pump that may be attached directly to the end of the penis. A constriction ring or band is placed on the cylinder at the other end, which is applied to the body. The cylinder and pump are used to create a vacuum to help the penis become erect; the band or constriction ring is used to help maintain the erection.

5. Surgical implants

For those with ED but have not gotten results from other types of treatments, then Penile implant surgery is an option for the effective solution.  “An implantable pump can be used to manually create an erection by pumping fluid into cylinders placed inside the penis,” explains Feloney. “The other option is a malleable prosthesis that works like a gooseneck lamp to direct the penis into position for intercourse.” Risks for these ED treatments include infection and mechanical breakdown.

6. Sex Therapy

Sex therapy may also be helpful when erectile dysfunctionis caused by stress, such as: work worries, financial worries, relationship conflicts, and poor sexual communication. In these cases, sex therapy may be the best treatment option. Call your local hospital or university medical center to see if they have a sex therapy clinic. Also, ask your doctor if he or she can recommend a therapist.

7. Male Hormone Therapy

Testosterone therapy is usually only offered to men who have medical conditions that cause low testosterone levels. Hormone therapy with injections, patches, or gels applied to the skin may improve mood and sex drive, but it likely won’t fix any mechanical issues. Also, testosterone drugs should not be used by men with prostate cancer. Side effects include acne, breast enlargement, prostate enlargement, and fluid retention.

8. Herbal supplements

Herbal supplements such as Gingko Biloba, Hypericum and B group vitamins which may help. Recently there have been many reports of success with the application of Life wave Energy Enhancer patches which use the bodies own energy emissions to stimulate acupuncture points.

9. Shock Wave Therapy

The idea of using low-energy shock waves to treat erectile dysfunction comes from studies that show that these types of shocks help heart blood vessels regrow, a process called revascularization. Shock wave therapy may also work on the penis, and there have been some promising results, but it’s not currently an approved ED treatment. “It’s similar to the type of shock waves used to break up kidney stones, and it may cause revascularization,” says Bennett. “However, there are not yet any good controlled studies to recommend it to patients.”

10. Healthy diet for ED and exercises

Last but not least, a diet that limits saturated fat intake and includes several portions of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can benefit men with ED. In company with regular exercise, the risk of ED may be reduced and the condition can be significantly improved.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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